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PASSWORDS!

Many kids and teens share their passwords with their friends.  If your child gets into a fight with a friend, the friend may use the password to ruin your child’s reputation, cyberbully them, or harm them.

Take time to discuss the dangers of sharing passwords with your child.

The only person besides your child who should have the password is you!

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4 Min Video: New Texting & Social Media Acronyms Parents Need to Understand

Fox 13 News interviews Utah NetSmartz’ Executive Director, Max Rogers, who provides parents timely and practical advice about the most current ‘encrypted’ acronyms that some teens are using online and via mobile channels to discuss inappropriate topics under the radar of niave parents. Watch the 4 min video below to make sure you are up to date:

http://fox13now.com/2014/12/09/expert-talks-about-internet-safety-for-youth-parents/

How can parents help their kids avoid digital drama?

With all of the schools we go to, there are a lot of students who come up to us afterward and talk about issues they are dealing with online. One of the most common issues they face is online drama. This article describes the difference between cyberbullying and everyday online drama that students are dealing with. Cyberbullying is also a common issue but is more serious than online drama. As parents you may feel helpless because you don’t know what to do to stop the online drama your child may be dealing with. The article mentioned above is a great resource to learn what you can do to avoid digital drama altogether.

What Can Your Phone Apps Access?

Did you know that some of your free phone apps require access to your detailed personal information?   Many free apps collect information from your phone and sell it to advertisers and other third parties.

Before downloading and installing an app, look carefully at the apps “terms of use” policy.    Some free apps request to have access to your photos, text messages, contacts, precise GPS location,  microphone, camera, network access, storage space, and your call logs.   These apps sell this information to advertisers and other third parties for profit.

Keep your personal information safe by carefully screening the apps you download to your phone.

 

 

Dilworth Elementary NetSmartz Assembly

The assemblies we provide at each school are interactive, educational and fun for students of all ages. The students at Dilworth Elementary in Salt Lake School District had a great time learning about how they can stay safe on the Internet while still having fun. As NetSmartz Internet safety educators our goal is to empower students to make responsible choices that will help them build a great future as they spend time online, while at the same time encouraging their peers to do the same thing.

See more photos of the event here: slcschools.org